Stags coach Topex Robinson resigns

By Joey Villar, The Philippine Star

Posted at Aug 21 2012 04:51 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2012 12:51 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- San Sebastian mentor Topex Robinson has resigned today to focus on his assistant coaching job in the PBA.

Robinson, 36, has informed San Sebastian athletic director Frank Gusi of his "irrevocable" resignation saying he didn't want to give a half-hearted effort to the Stags while serving as one of Alaska Milk coach Luigi Trillo's lieutenants.

"With a sad heart, I have resigned as coach of San Sebastian to focus on being an assistant coach at Alaska MIlk," said Robinson. "As much as I wanted to stay and finish the season, I could not because it would be unfair to the team and to the school because I would not be giving my 100 percent."

Robinson though said he will not leave the team completely and will stay only in the capacity as consultant and left the school officials to decide on finding his potential successor.

"I will still help the team but on a different capacity," he said.

Gusi, San Sebastian's representative to the league Management Committee, however, said school management hasn't been informed or aware of Robinson's recent resignation.

"That is unofficial," said Gusi. "As of now he's still the coach and the management doesn't know it yet. No replacement yet and he will not be replaced."

The recent development was a sad end to what was supposed to be a promising collegiate career for Robinson, who steered the Stags last season to the finals on his very first season as their coach.

San Sebastian though was swept by eventual champion San Beda in the finale but Robinson, who took over from then interim coach and former mentor Turo Valenzona in June last year or weeks before the season started, coached the Stags to the 2011 PH Collegiate title besting four-time champion Ateneo twice.

Robinson helped San Sebastian finish on top alongside San Beda and Jose Rizal on 7-2 marks after the first round before absorbing a 67-77 defeat at the hands of the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals last week.

Interestingly, Robinson at Alaska will join Letran coach Louie Alas, who was recently tapped as one of Trillo's assistants.